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Gorgeous, But Heartbreaking. Plants, I Mean.

Scouting around for ways to delight and engage you, I stumbled on a blog entry at Gardening Gone Wild about one woman's love affair with an unfamiliar but very handsome tree. End result: Disaster.

Turns out the tree is one a friend of mine is jonesing for: Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia'.

This ornamental selection of locust, 'Frisia', looks incredible and behaves well in the Pacific Northwest, but became a pest for an East Coast gardener. photo credit: Richie Steffen/Great Plant Picks hide caption

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photo credit: Richie Steffen/Great Plant Picks

So this got me wondering about the gorgeous plants I've fallen for that I'd NEVER plant again.

My opening bid: A euphorbia named 'Portuguese Velvet', with the nicest euphorbiaceous foliage I've still ever seen.

Four years after ripping it out, I am still pulling out at least 100 seedings/season, AND, I'm now seeing runaways in gardens down the street.

Seduced by beauty and lived to regret it? photo credit: green.thumbs/kristen hide caption

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photo credit: green.thumbs/kristen

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